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Hair Donation Ottawa is an annual, non-profit, cancer research fundraiser where people raise pledges for donating their hair and/or shaving their heads & they receive a wash, cut and style or shave.

Participating hair stylists from various Ottawa & area salons, as well as teaching staff and students from the Algonquin College Hair Stylist program, volunteer their time for this cause.

Proceeds go towards:

  • Adult and Childhood Cancer Research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute.
  • An annual $500 Bursary to a financially challenged Algonquin College Hair Stylist Program student to help offset their tuition fees and/or text books.
  • All 6"+ hair donations go to Canadian companies providing free wigs for financially challenged children & young adult cancer patients across Canada.

The event has raised more than $250,000 since 2011 and donated over 15,000 inches of hair.

Hair Donation Ottawa was founded in 2011 by Helene Hutchings, who was diagnosed and successfully treated for cancer at The Ottawa Hospital in 2010.

The event runs each April during Cancer Awareness Month.


Helene Hutchings, Founder & Chairperson,
Perry Pavlovic, CFO & Treasurer,

Lorri Huppert, Chief Operating Officer/Event Project Manager,

Steering Committee:
Shears Colour & Hair Salon, Stittsville, Ottawa
D’Arcine Thompson, Education Liaison

Genevieve Dowling, Media Relations and Marketing Officer-Hair Donation Ottawa, Marketing Director-Capilia by Caralyn, Ottawa

Jen Hastings, Registration & Scheduling-Hair Donation Ottawa, Owner/Manager-Hair Expectations Salon & Spa, Richmond, Ottawa

Paula Whitelocke

Jean-Paul Yovanoff - Manager - Flashpoint Photobooth